Although you can hire a professional contractor to assist with any concrete floor project, you can apply epoxy as a do-it-yourself project as well. Thanks to quality products from The Stamp Store, DIY epoxy coating projects are quite common.
If you have an existing concrete floor that is dull and outdated, an epoxy coating is the perfect solution. Of course, as with any home project, you need a little knowledge before you get started to ensure the results are everything you wanted and more.
Perfecting Epoxy Coating Projects
Whether the DIY project is for a home or office, you can achieve amazing results. Epoxy transforms the floor’s aesthetics and ensures better protection while spending less than having a new concrete floor installed.
- Preparation – The first and most important step for your DIY epoxy coating project involves preparation of the concrete floor. Without a clean and properly prepared surface, the final outcome will be subpar. If the floor has old mastics, rough patches or stains, it’s best to use a mechanical preparation method like sanding, scarifying, or grinding. Specialists at The Stamp Store can assist you in recommending the best method for your particular project. In addition to a gorgeous finish, preparation ensures proper adherence of the epoxy coating. Whatever surface preparation used, it is imperative to remove all debris and dust.
- Primer Application – Depending on the system chosen, it is also advisable to a apply a base or primer coat to the surface after preparation. To ensure a consistent and thorough coverage use proper application methods and tools recommended by the product supplier. Many DIY’ers start by brushing the primer on the outer area of the floor, making sure to get close to the walls and deep in corners. For the remainder of the floor, a roller usually works best.
- Epoxy Coating – Once the primer coat is completely dry, the top epoxy coating is applied. Just as you did with the primer, aim for a consistent and thorough coat, use a brush to get the epoxy close to the walls and deep in corners, followed by a roller for the rest of the floor’s surface.
For additional assistance and inspiration for your DIY project, check out the ideas and how-to guides on The Stamp Store’s website.